My Hero One’s Justice to bring teen super-biffery to PC

Ker-biff!

My Hero One’s Justice does not have a very good name, I’ll be the first to admit, but neither did My Hero Academia, the excellent manga/anime series that this now-PC-bound superhero fighting game is based on. Don’t let wonky naming put you off either, because superheroes knocking seven bells out of each other (and the surrounding environment) will always be fun.

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid all nerd media this past year, a crash course: My Hero Academia is a massively successful teen superhero manga/anime series about a New Mutants style class of crime-fighters in training. Despite its Japanese origins, it’s a huge love-letter to the entire American superhero genre, packed with references both subtle and overt.

The series mostly follows the rise of Izuku ‘Deku’ Midoriya, a non-powered kid with dreams of becoming a hero. He’s taken under the wing of All Might (a hulking great American-flag-themed celebrity superhero who’s a bit like a blend of Superman and The Tick) and quickly ends up enrolled in a prestigious hero academy. While the gameplay footage thusfar doesn’t contain much in the way of story, it seems safe to assume that it’ll roughly follow the first two seasons of the anime series, given the characters shown.

What is clear is that this isn’t your usual fighting game, ala Street Fighter or the more recently relevant Dragon Ball FighterZ. Instead, My Hero One’s Justice looks a lot like the (surprisingly solid) Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm series, which put a focus on full 3D movement, positioning and the timing of a handful of easily-activated moves over learning complex combo strings. It fits the nature of the characters well, given their limited and slowly-expanding repertoire of moves.

FROPPY! FROPPY! FROPPY!

Also as in the Ultimate Ninja Storm series, you can pick two sidekick characters to back you up each fight. While not directly playable, tag-team style, you can call on them to run in and fire off a shot or combo as required. It’s probably never going to be serious esports material, but the days of TV and cartoon-licensed games being almost universally rubbish are thankfully long past, and while truly great ones are still few and far between, this one looks like a fun little romp.

No date has been pinned down for My Hero One’s Justice outside of the promise of a 2018 release across all major platforms, PC included. As for the series (which is essential watching for any fan of spandex and capes), you can find it on Crunchyroll, where its third season has just started.

13 Comments

  1. Pich says:

    did the marketing guy have a stroke while deciding the title? what the hell does it even mean, the original was perfectly fine.

    • seraphsword says:

      My feeling is that they use “My Hero” as shorthand for the show and “One’s Justice” is the subtitle, like there should be a colon in between. Still a mess of a name.

    • Dominic Tarason says:

      Yeah, the bizarre thing here is that the Japanese title is My Hero Academia: One’s Justice, which mostly makes sense.

      For some reason the English title reads more like badly translated Japanese than the Japanese title.

  2. tsff22 says:

    THE DAY HAS COME

  3. falcon2001 says:

    Man this show is so good. I hope the game is fun enough.

  4. Serenegoose says:

    I think one of my favourite things about this series is that the school’s motto, which comes up a lot, is “go beyond: plus ultra” which I originally took to just be some egregious japan, the sort of thing that could only ever be invented as a not-half-as-cool-as-they-think saying for a manga/anime.

    And then it turned out to be the national motto of Spain, and I felt rather foolish.

  5. kalirion says:

    Why does this look like a PS2 era game?

    • HiroTheProtagonist says:

      Because anime artstyle + cel shading tends to always look distinctly 6th gen. By the same token, the One Piece/Dragonball (non FigtherZ)/Naruto/A:TLA/LoK games look about the same, but it all really boils down to how well it plays rather than visual fidelity.

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